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What if, before the adventure time universe, there was another? A universe before the monsters. We know that the lich is an ancient being. He has knowledge from before the universe so we can infer that he is older than the universe itself. What if he isn’t, or at least wasn’t always a being? What if the the lich is a fundamental force? The lich’s single goal, or purpose, is the destruction of all life. But what is life? Life is a phenomenon that promotes organization and by extension a decrease in randomness. Life is the struggle against entropy. Life opposes entropy. What opposes life? The lich. If we look at the universe as a cycle, with the end of one universe being the beginning of another. The lich exists to keep the cycle going.
Before there was time, before there was anything, there was nothing. And before there was nothing, there were monsters.”
I’ve always enjoyed this message from the Lich. it’s a horrifyingly bleak representation of existence. A lovecraft-Ian take on the universe and it’s formation. But, it does raise some questions doesn’t it? If the Lich is correct, that means before earth and humanity existed, before even ancient man and dinosaurs roamed the earth, before time itself, monsters were there in the nothingness. But we only know of the existence of the lich within Ooo, not before the great mushroom war, and most people believe that the Lich was actually a result of the mushroom bomb. Why is there no evidence of the Lich predating the Land of Ooo?
I wanted to include another theory from that awesome commenter Darth Goku:
I have a theory of my own that the Well of Power itself seen in the Lich’s Lair might actually be the Lich’s true form, while the original Lich we see in Mortal Folly is simply a vessel to contain its evil essence. I believe the creation of the Lich was likely the result of a complex chain of events. First there was the green Catalyst Comet, which was then somehow used in the creation of the Mushroom Bomb. After the Mushroom Bomb was detonated, the toxic waste that came out of it led to the creation of the Well of Power, which was the evil of the Catalyst Comet being released. Then, some poor soul who was likely trapped in that subway that would become the Lich Lair when the Mushroom bomb went off, and afterwards they possessed by the evil essense of the Well of Power, making them the vessel for the Well of Power’s evil, which manifested itself as the Lich.
So in a nutshell, the Mushroom Bomb created the Lich, but the evil essense from the bomb that created him has existed long before the Lich himself. The Well of Power bestows the Lich with all of his powers, and with that it perhaps also bestows him ancient knowledge as well, such as the knowledge of what the original state of the universe was. The Lich himself wasn’t there to see all that, but he is aware of it, likely because of his magic powers. Like with many people who use, it often involves learning about ancient knowledge and knowing about the secret history of the world that most normal people aren’t privy to, an example being how the Ice Crown whispered into Simon’s mind all the ancient secrets of how to control snow and ice, something which non-magic users would be unable to discover on their own.
If I were to use an example from another series, I’d say that the Lich is probably like Mumm-Ra from the ThunderCats. Mumm-Ra is an undead sorcerer, somewhat akin to the Lich, and he gets all of his power from the Ancient Spirits of Evil, who pretty much dominate his destiny by exerting their control over him, making it so that he cannot survive without them, granting him immortality in exchange for his eternal servitude to them. The Ancient Spirits of Evil are basically to Mumm-Ra what the Well of Power is to the Lich. If that’s the case, then could it be possible that the Lich is actually a servant to the Well of Power? Could it be that it is actually the will of the Well of Power for all life to be destroyed and not the Lich’s own, and that the Lich is simply a means for it to act out that desire, fulfilling the bidding of his master? What if the Lich was a originally human sorcerer or necromancer who gave up his soul to the Well of Power to gain immortality, but in exchange he had to become the Lich and serve the Well of Power forever?